UK Big Brother cast protests with silence for a day; family disowns booted Becki.

UK Big Brother cast protests with silence for a day; family disowns booted Becki.
There’s been tons of drama in the UK’s Big Brother 5 house, starting with an entire day of silence on Thursday. According to RTE’s report, “After almost a full day of silence the housemates eventually gave in yesterday evening and entered the diary room with a white flag. Producers had reacted to the protest by playing the sounds of babies crying, car horns and road works into the house.” Showing that they were the adults, producers “also took Stuart’s coveted cowboy hat and set it alight in the garden, while the housemates watched on the plasma screen in the living room.” In response, Michelle took the diary room camera “out to the garden, where she arranged a bundle of straw around it and took out a box of matches.” She didn’t start the fire, and was warned by producers for her vandalism. The producers did not give themselves a warning for destroying a houseguest’s property, though. Later, on Friday night, controversial houseguest Becki was booted. She was so bad that her family has reportedly “disowned her.” What did she do wrong? The Sunday Mirror runs down a few of her offenses: “flashing her surgically enhanced 34DD boobs, licking jam from Michelle’s breasts, and pretending to perform oral sex on a cucumber.” She says “it’s all a facade” but says she’s “devastated that I’ve caused them [her family] so much hurt.”

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